It’s almost Christmas time and while that means enjoying celebrations with friends and family it also means that Double Demerits is about to kick in – to keep us driving safely so that we make it to these celebrations.

In New South Wales, the Christmas Double Demerits period starts at midnight on Friday 21st December and runs until Tuesday 1st January inclusive (meaning yes, you can still be dealt double the points on New Years Day).

In a bid to encourage drivers to improve their behaviour and obey the road rules during the holiday period, the double demerit point scheme applies to offences with speeding, illegal use of mobile phones, not wearing a seatbelt and riding without a helmet (for motorcycle riders).

If you are to get caught committing one of these offences during the double demerits period, this is what it will cost you.

For drivers who are caught not wearing a seatbelt, or if one of their passengers is not wearing a seatbelt, they will be fined up to $337 and docked six demerit points.

This same punishment applies for motorcycle and scooter riders who are caught not wearing a helmet.

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Speeding fines and points can vary depending on how far over the speed limit the driver is, but the penalty for speeding in NSW can be as high as $2435 and 12 demerit points.

The penalty for illegal mobile phone use behind the wheel has recently been increased in NSW from 4 points to 5, meaning that during the double demerit period drivers are facing losing 10 demerit points.

This offence also comes with a fine of $448.

Don’t forget that double demerits kicks in later tonight!

Stay safe out there on the roads this christmas period everyone.

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